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15 Joy fills the dwelling of the just, whom God has sav'd from harm; For wondrous things are brought to pass by his Almighty arm. 16 He, by his own resistless pow'r,

has endless honour won; The saving strength of his right hand amazing works has done. 17 God will not suffer me to fall,

but still prolongs my days; That, by declaring all his works,

I may advance his praise. 18 When God had sorely me chastis'd, till quite of hopes bereav'd, His mercy from the gates of death

my fainting life repriev'd. 19 Then open wide the temple gates

to which the just repair, That I may enter in, and praise

my great deliv'rer there. 20, 21 within those gates of God's abode to which the righteous press; Since thou hast heard, and set me safe, thy holy Name I'll bless. 22, 23 That which the builders once refus'd is now the corner-stone: This is the wondrous work of God,

the work of God alone. 24, 25 This day is God's; let all the land exalt their cheerful voice : Lord, we beseech thee, save us now, and make us still rejoice. 26 Him that approaches in God's Name let all th' assembly bless; We, that belong to God's own house, have wish'd you good success. 27 God is the Lord, through whom we all both light and comfort find; Fast to the altar's horn with cords

the chosen victim bind. 28 Thou art my Lord, o God, and still I'll praise thy holy Name: Because thou only art my God,

I'll celebrate thy fame. 29 O then with me give thanks to God, who still does gracious prove ; And let the tribute of our praise

be endless as his love.



ow bless'd are they who always keep the pure and perfect way;

Who never from the sacred paths of God's commandments stray ! 2 How bless'd, who to his righteous laws have still obedient been ; And have with fervent humble zeal his favour sought to win! 3 Such men their utmost caution use to shun each wicked deed: But in the path which he directs

with constant care proceed. 4 Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord, to learn thy sacred will; And all our diligence employ

thy statutes to fulfil. 5 0 then that thy most holy will

might o'er my ways preside, And I the course of all my life

by thy direction guide! 6 Then with assurance should I walk, from all confusion free; Convinc'd, with joy, that all my ways with thy commands agree. 7 My upright heart shall my glad mouth with cheerful praises fill; When, by thy righteous judgments taught, I shall have learnt thy will. 8 So to thy sacred laws shali i

all due observance pay: O then forsake me not, my God,

nor cast me quite away!

BETH. 9 How shall the young preserve their ways from all pollution free? By making still their course of life

with thy commands agree. 10 With hearty zeal for thee I seek,

to thee for succour pray; O suffer not my careless steps

from thy right paths to stray. 11 Safe in my heart, and closely hid, thy word, my treasure, lies; To succour me with timely aid,

when sinful thoughts arise. 12 Secur'd by that, my grateful soul shall ever bless thy Name: O teach me then by thy just laws

my future life to frame ! 13 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal, to others have declar'd, How well the judgments of thy mouth deserve our best regard, 14 Whilst in the way of thy commands more solid joy I found, Thaw had I been with vast increase of envied riches crown'a. 15 Therefore thy just and upright laws shall always fill my mind; And those sound rules which thou prescrib'st all due respect shall find. 16 To keep thy statutes undefac'd

shall be my constant joy; The strict remembrance of thy word shall all my thoughts emplog.

GIMEL. 17 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord, do thou my life defend, That I, according to thy word,

my future time may spend. 18 Enlighten both my eyes and mind, that so I may discern The wondrous things which they behold who thy just precepts learn.

19 Though like a stranger in the land, from place to place I stray,
Thy righteous judgments from my sight remove not thou away.
20 My fainting soul is almost pin'd, with earnest longing spent,
Whilst always on the eager search

of thy just will intent. 21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud, whom still thy curse pursues; Since they to walk in thy right ways presumptuously refuse. 22 But far from me do thou, O Lord, contempt and shame remove; For I thy sacred laws affect

with undissembled love. 23 Though princes oft, in counsel met, against thy servant spake; Yet I thy statutes to observe

my constant business make. 24 For thy commands have always been my comfort and delight; By them I learn, with prudent care, to guide my steps aright.

DALETH. 25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care,

close to the dust does cleave; Revive me, Lord, and let me now

thy promis'd aid receive. 26 To thee I still declar'd my ways,

who didst incline thine ear: O teach me then my future life

by thy just laws to steer. 27 If thou wilt make me know thy laws, and by their guidance walk, The wondrous works which thou hast done shall be my constant talk. 28 But see, my soul within me sinks, press'd down with weighty care ; Do thou, according to thy word,

my wasted strength repair, 29 Far, far from me be all false ways and lying arts remor'd; But kindly grant I still may keep

the path by thee approril. 30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth, my happy choice I've made; Thy judgments, as my rule of life,

before me always laid. 31 My care has been to make my life with thy commands agree; o then preserve thy servant, Lord,

from shame and ruin free! 32 So in the way of thy commands shall I with pleasure run, And, with a heart enlarg'd with joy, successfully go on.

HE. 33 Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord, thy righteous paths display: And I from them, through all my life, will never go astray. 34 If thou true wisdom from above wilt graciously impart, To keep thy perfect laws I will

devote my zealous heart. 35 Direct me in the sacred ways

to which thy precepts lead; Because my chief delight has been thy righteous paths to tread 36 Do thou to thy most just commands incline my willing heart; Let no desire of worldly wealth

from thee my thoughts dirert. 37 From those vain objects turn my eyes, which this false world displays; But give me lively pow'r and strength to keep thy righteous ways. 38 Confirm the promise which thou mad'st, and give thy servant aid, Who to transgress thy sacred laws

is awfully afraid. 39 The foul disgrace I justly fear,

in mercy, Loril, remove; For all the judgments thou ordain'st are full of grace and love. 40 Thou know'st how after thy commands my longing heart does pant; o then make haste to raise me up,

and promis'd succour grant!

VAU. 41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow, to cheer my drooping heart; To me, according to thy word,

thy saving health impart. 42 So shall I, wlien my foes upbraid, this ready answer make; In God I trust, who never will

his faithtul promise break. 43 Then let not quite the word of truth be from my mouth remov'd; Since still my ground of steadfast hope thy just decrees have pror'd 44 So I to keep thy righteous laws

with all my study bend; From age to age my time to come

in their observance spend. 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large, from all incumbrance free; Since I resolve to make my life

with thy commands aree. 46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk and princes shall attend, Whilst I the justice of thy ways

with confidence defend. 47 My longing heart and ravish'd soul shall both o'erflow with jos, When in thy lov'd commandments I my happy hours employ. 48 Then will I to thy just decrees

lift up my willing hands; My care and business then shall be to study thy commands.

ZAIN. 49 According to thy promis'd grace, thy favour, Lord, extend: Make good to me the word, on which thy servant's hopes depend. 30 That only comfort in distress

did all my griefs control; Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round, reviv'd my fainting soul 51 Insulting foes did proudly mock, and all my hopes deride; Yet from thy law not all their scoff's could make me turn aside. 52 Thy judgments then of ancient date I quickly call'd to mind, Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul did speedy comfort find. 53 Sometimes I stand amaz'd, like one with deadly horror struck, To think how all my sinful foes

have thy just laws forsook. 54 But I thy statutes and decrees

my cheerful anthems made; Whilst thro' strange lands and desert wilds I like a pilgrim stray'd. 55 Thy Name, that cheer'd my heart by day, has fill'd my thoughts by night; I then resolv'd by thy just laws

to guide my steps aright. 56 That peace of mind, which has my soul in deep distress sustain'ch, By strict obedience to thy will

I happily obtain'd.

CHETH. 57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou and sure possession art; Thy words I steadfastly resolve

to treasure in my heart. 58 With all the strength of warm desires I did thy grace implore; Disclose, according to thy word,

thy mercy's boundless store. 59 With due reflection and strict care on all my ways I thought; And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths, my wand'ring steps I brought. 60 I lost no time, but made great haste, resolv'd without delay To watch, that I inight never more from thy commandments stray. 61 Though num'rous troops of sinful men to rob me have combin'd, Yet I thy pure and righteous laws

have ever kept in mind. 62 In dead of night I will arise

to sing thy solemn praise; Convinc'd how much I always ought to love thy righteous ways. 63 To such as fear thy holy Name

myself I closely join; To all who their obedient wills

to thy commands resign. 64 O'er all the earth thy mercy, Lord, abundantly is shed; O make me then exactly learn

thy sacred paths to tread!

TETH. 65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt most graciously, O Lord; Repeated benefits bestow'd,

according to thy word. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which right judgment is attain'd, Who in belief of thy commands

have steadfastly remain'd. 67' Before affliction stopp'd my course, my footsteps went astray: But I have since been disciplin'd

thy precepts to obey. 68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good,

and all thou dost is so; On me, thy statutes to discern,

thy saving skill bestow. 69 The proud have forg'd malicious lies, my spotless fame to stain; But my fix'd heart, without reserve, thy precepts shall retain. 70 While pamper'd they, with prosp'rousills, in sensual pleasures live, My soul can relish no delight

but what thy precepts give. 71 'Tis good for me that I have felt affliction's chast'ning rod, That I might duly learn and keep

the statutes of my God. 72 The law that from thy mouth proceeds of more esteem I hold Than untouch'd mines, than thousand mines of silver and of gold.

JOD. 73 To me, who am the workmanship of thy Almighty hands, The heav'nly understanding give

to learn thy just commands. 74 My preservation to thy saints

strong comfort will afford, To see success attend my hopes,

who trusted in thy word. 75 That right thy judgments are, I now by sure experience see; And that in faithfulness, O Lord,

thou hast afflicted me. 76 o let thy tender mercy now

afford me needful aid; According to thy promise, Lord,

to me, thy servant, maile ! 77 To me thy saving grace restore, that I again may live; Whose soul can relish no delight

but what thy precepts give. 78 Defeat the proud, who, unprovok'd, to ruin me have sought, Who only on thy sacred laws

employ my harmless thought.

79 Let those that fear thy Name espouse my cause, and those alone, Who have by strict and pious search thy sacred precepts known. 80 In thy blest statutes let my heart continue always sound; That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot, may never me confound.

САРН. 81 My soul with long expectance faints to see thy saving grace; Yet still on thy unerring word

my confidence I place. 82 My very eyes consume and fail

with waiting for thy word; O when wilt thou thy kind relief

and promis'd aid afford ? 83 My skin like shrivell’d parchment shows, that long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction can me force

thy statutes to forget. 84 How many days must I endure

of sorrow and distress? When wilt thou judgment execute on them who me oppress? 85 The proud have digg'd a pit for me, that have no other foes, But such as are averse to thee,

and thy just laws oppose. 86 With sacred truth's eternal laws all thy commands agree: Men persecute me without cause;

thou, Lord, my helper be. 87 With close designs against my life they had almost prevailid; But in obedience to thy will

my duty never fail'd. 88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, my drooping heart to cheer; That, by thy righteous statutes, I

my life's whole course may steer.

LAMED. 89 For ever, and for ever, Lord,

unchang'd thou dost remain : Thy word establish'd in the heav'ns

does all their orbs sustain. 90 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth immoveable shall stand, As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st by thy Almighty hand, 91 All things the course by thee ordain'd e'en to this day fulfil; They are the faithful subjects all,

and servants of thy will. 92 Únless thy sacred law had been my comfort and delight, I must have fainted and expir'd

in dark affliction's night. 93 Thy precepts therefore from my thoughts shall nerer, Lord, depart; For thou by them hast to new life

restor'd my dying heart. 94 As I am thine, entirely thine,

protect me, Lord, from harm; Who have thy precepts sought to know, and carefully perform. 95 The wicked have their ambush laid my guiltless life to take; But in the midst of danger I

thy word my study make. 96 I've seen an end of what we call pertection here below: But thy commandments, like thyself, no change or period know.

MEM. 97 The love that to thy laws I bear no language can display; They with fresh wonders entertain

my rarish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow than all my subtle foes; For thy sure word doth me direct, and all iny ways dispose. 99 From me my former teachers now may abler counsel take, Because thy sacred precepts I

my constant study make. 100 In understanding I excel

the sages of our days; Because by thy unerring rules

I order all my ways. 101 My feet with care I have refrain'd from ev'ry sinful way, That to thy sacred word I might

entire obedience pay. 102 I have not from thy judginents stray'd, by vain desires misled; For, Lord, thou hast instructed me thy righteous paths to tread 103 How sweet are all thy words to me o what divine repast! How much more grateful to my soul than honey to my taste! 104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I with heav'nly skill am blest: Through which the treach'rous ways of sin I utterly detest.

NUN. 105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp, the way of truth to show A watch-light to point out the path in which I ought to go. 106 I sware, (and from my solemn oath will never start aside, That in thy righteous judgments I will steadfastly abide.

107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,

that I can bear no more, According to thy word do thou

my fainting soul restore. 108 Let still my sacrifice of praise

with thee acceptance find; And in thy righteous judgments, Lord, instruct my willing mind. 109 Though ghastly dangers me surround, my soul they cannot awe; Nor with continual terrors keep

from thinking on thy law. 110 My wicked and in vetrate foes

for me their snares have laid; Yet I have kept the upright path,

nor from thy precepts stray'd. 111 Thy testimonies I have made

my heritage and choice; For they, when other comforts fail, my drooping heart rejoice. 112 My heart with early zeal began thy statutes to obey; And, till my course of life is done, shall keep thy upright way..

SAMECH. 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices I utterly detest; But to thy law aftuction bear

too great to be exprest. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tow'r, and shield art thou, O Lord; I firmly anchor all my hopes

on thy unerring word. 115 Hence ye that trade in wickedness, approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep

the precepts of my God. 116 According to thy gracious word from danger set me free; Nor make me of those hopes asham'd that I repose on thee. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,

and rescu'd from distress; To thy decrees continually

my just respect address. 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, who from thy statutes stray'd ; Their vile deceit the just reward

of their own falsehood made. 119 The wicked from thy holy land thou dost like dross remove; I therefore, with such justice charm'd, thy testimonies love. 120 Yet with that love they make me dread, lest I should so offend, When on transgressors I behold

thy judgments thus descend.

AIN. 121 Judgment and justice I have lov'd; o therefore, Lord, engage In my defence, nor give me up

to my oppressors' rage! 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me, and so shall this distress Prove good for me; nor shall the proud my guiltless soul oppress. 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,

in long expectance held; Till thy salvation they behold,

and righteous word fulfill'd. 124 To me, thy servant in distress, thy wonted grace display, And discipline my willing heart

thy statutes to obey. 125 On me, devoted to thy fear,

thy sacred skill bestow, That of thy testimonies I

the full extent may know. 126 'Tis time, high time, for thee, O Lord, thy vengeance to employ, When men with open violence

thy sacred law destroy. 127 Yet their contempt of thy commands but makes their value rise In my esteem, who purest gold

compard with them despise. 128 Thy precepts therefore I account in all respects divine; They teach me to discern the right, and all false ways decline.

PE. 129 The wonders which thy laws contain, no words can represent; Therefore to learn and practise them my zealous heart is bent. 130 The very entrance to thy word celestial light displays; And knowledge of true happiness

to simplest minds conveys. 131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, and fainted with desire, That of thy wise commands I might the sacred skill acquire. 132 With favour, Lord, look down on me, who thy relief implore; As thou art wont to visit those

who thy blest Name adore. 133 Directed by thy hearinly word let all my footsteps be ; Nor wickedness of any kind

dominion have o'er me. 134 Release, entirely set me free

from persecuting hands, That, unmolested, I may learn

and practise thy commands. 135 On me, devoted to thy fear,

Lord, make thy face to shine; Thy statutes both to know and keep my heart with zeal incline. 136 My eyes to weeping fountains turn whence briny rivers flow, To see mankind against thy laws

in bold defiance go.

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